The Acrylic Painting Academy – Underpainting Part 1

The Acrylic Painting Academy: Underpainting - Part 1

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Lesson Description

Part one of a series on indirect painting in which a monochromatic underpainting is developed, followed by applications of color glazes. The background of the underpainting is developed in this module.

Lesson Materials

Stretched canvas, acrylic paints (Titanium White, Raw Umber, Payne's Gray or Ivory Black), HB graphite pencil, various nylon brushes, water.

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The Acrylic Painting Academy – Underpainting Part 1 — 9 Comments

  1. Hello, would you be able to make the photo references from ALL modules, not just this one ( if there are any for the module) available to download? I can then view them in higher resolution and larger format. thanks

  2. Hello, great video! – a question regarding the light reference drawing you did prior to your underpainting. When you are applying your greyscale background over the reference lines it looks like you are completely covering over / eliminating those lines – (at least i couldn’t see any lines showing through on the video). Do you want to have a trace of those lines peeking through the paint so that you can use them as a reference point? It would seem like quite a lot of work to be covered over on the first paint application. Thanks!

    • Hi Skee,
      Since the light drawing is done to capture the overall contours, it’s ok to go over them with the underpainting. The underpainting then serves as the framework for the rest of the painting and the light lines are no longer needed.

  3. I can’t tell you how helpful this course has been, but this lesson in particular. It’s like you showed me everything I’ve ever done wrong in painting inside of 30 minutes! haha. Amazing. Thank you!

  4. This changed my entire concept of the meaning of “underpainting” which was completely wrong! So happy to be here and be learning! I’m skimming through these videos and then I will come back a take it one step at a time. Very eager!

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